The US And Iran Are Furiously Trolling Each Other On The Chinese Internet

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

It looks the US and Iran are on the verge of an all-out meme war.

Over the past few days, as the aftermath of the killing of Iranian General Qasem Suileimani has faded from the headlines, the US and Iran have moved their feuding to a different, and extremely unexpected, venue: The Chinese Internet.

The US And Iran Are Furiously Trolling Each Other On The Chinese Internet

According to the New York Times, the Weibo accounts for the Iranian and American embassies in Beijing have been trading barbs on Weibo, a Chinese-language social-media site that’s often compared to the Chinese version of twitter.

The two sides have accused each other of inciting terrorism, and denounced one another as corrupt. The US embassy has accused Iran of “leaving bloodstains everywhere.” The Iranian embassy has denounced Suleimani’s killing and vowed to seek the end of “America’s evil forces in western Asia.”

The Iranian embassy has also been taking screenshots of tweets from its Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and reposting them on Weibo with Chinese translations.

Most major western Internet platforms, including Google, FB and Twitter, are blocked from the Chinese Internet (though some can get around this using a VPN).

Typically, China’s censors block political content on the Internet for fear of allowing any information that might undermine the Communist Party from slipping through. But for whatever reason, they have so far been inclined to allow the US and Iran to go at it in full view of the Chinese public.

Instead, Chinese media have closely followed the spat, even going so far as to describe Weibo as “the new battlefield” between the US and Iran. The hashtag “Weibo fight” had been viewed nearly 2 million times as of Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the US, some social media companies, including Facebook, are removing posts and even entire accounts run by Iranians (who have access to Instagram), because of their pro-Iran content.

So, the US and Iran are having a debate on the Chinese Internet that Facebook and its fellow Silicon Valley titans have banned from the American Internet. Isn’t it ironic?

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  • AM Hants

    Not surprised China is not taking down the messages, brilliant PR for it’s site. Especially when you factor that the CIA friendly sites, will not give Iran a voice. Marvelous way for the CIA controlled, social media sites, to lose their power and audience.

    • FlorianGeyer

      It could also be used shed light on the US/UK operation to destabilise Hong Kong, as such ‘social media debates find a new platform that is not controlled by the High and not so Mighty USA. :)
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  • Z.P.

    War of words…
    nothing else will come out of that…just … more words.
    That is all.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Propaganda ‘words’ are very very important for the proven corrupters of words by the US,UK and Israel though.

      • Z.P.

        Yes I agree of course….
        I didn’t say that those words are of no importance.
        I just wanted to say that it will stay only on words… and situation is much better now than it used to be when Iran and US were literally one step from real war.
        Words hurt and do certain damage that is sometimes overestimated while war can do some irreparable things.

        • FlorianGeyer

          Just as long as you do not call me ‘fatty, spotty or baldi ‘ , Z.P, because if you did I could report you for a hate crime to the Stasi 9 ( sorry, UK the Police Service) and you could be locked up in a dark, rat invested cell for 100 years :)

          • Z.P.

            NEVER give away your weak spots Florian!….”enemy is not sleeping” (that’s at least what they used to tell us under communism…well I had my doubts that enemy “sleeps” at least from time to time )

  • Assad must stay

    facebook and instagram’s actions have sickened me, i refuse to use instagram anymore

    • FlorianGeyer

      I use neither.

      • Daily Beatings

        Same here.

  • Daily Beatings

    Home of the free and the brave? Censorship. Land of the Red (Communist) Dragon? Exercise of free speech. It’s a delicious irony!!!